Egypt sends eight to trial over botched repairs to King Tut’s golden burial mask


Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the famed golden burial mask of Tutankhamun, or King Tut, which was corrected late last year, have been referred to trial for “gross negligence.”

Prosecutors said in a Sunday statement that the 3,300-year-old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued back on with epoxy in 2014, was scratched and damaged as a result.

The mask was put back on display last month after a German-Egyptian team of specialists removed the epoxy and reattached the beard using beeswax, which is often used as an adhesive for antiquities.

Restoration specialist Christian Eckmann said a year ago that the cause of a scratch discovered on the mask has not been determined, but that it could have been recent.